KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – In partnership with 20/20 Visual Media, the Board introduced three video vignettes, promoting its newly launched Make it Main Street initiative. The videos feature Montco small business owners in Ambler, Skippack, and Lansdale, and can be viewed by users on @VisitValleyForge’s social media platforms.
Make it Main Street was introduced to support local, family-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19 and proud to be “Made Strong in Montco.”
When the shutdown happened, The Lucky Well owner and Food Network star, Chad Rosenthal, says his team, “didn’t miss a beat.” Rosenthal goes on to say that during the pandemic, he turned into a delivery driver, a new service offered by the restaurant, to ensure all customers could safely enjoy meals.
All artists featured in this downtown Skippack art gallery reside within 20 miles of the area. Regina Marie Designs co-owner, Regina Ewer, notes that pre-COVID, the majority of their business came from art shows. In March, having the store suddenly became the place people could support these artists. Ewer gives nod to the Skippack Business Owners Association and how members rallied together to keep their doors open and support local during this time, “that’s what America is… small business,” said Ewer.
Not just a book store: The Black Reserve Book Store located on Lansdale’s main street, offers black literature, apparel, jewelry, and more. A place where customers, who owner, Shaykh Anwar Muhammad, says, “are so loyal, they become family,” feel safe to express opinions on social issues. “People got reacquainted with books when the pandemic hit. That’s what helped us stay afloat – people ordering books.”
On www.valleyforge.org/make-it-main-street, users can meet the streets, and plan out their stay at Montgomery County downtown destinations. Support the businesses that fuel our community and share your main street memories using #MakeItMainStreet!
The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) is a nonprofit, membership-based sales and marketing organization that actively promotes Valley Forge and Montgomery County, PA as a convention site and leisure visitor destination by encouraging patronage of its 500+ member hotels, restaurants, attractions, and services. The award-winning website links visitors, meeting planners, tour operators, and residents to a diverse portfolio of brands focused on reasons to visit the region.